Receiving an impaired driving charge in Canada is bad enough, but when you’re under the influence of drugs or alcohol, things can go from bad to worse in a heartbeat. That’s what a Conception Bay, Newfoundland man found out recently when he was arrested for drunk driving.
After he was taken to the local police station and charged with impaired driving, he grew impatient while waiting to be released and decided to take matters into his own hands – that’s when he grabbed the police officer’s gun and attempted to remove it.
When all was said and done, the officer got his gun back, but the man was charged with impaired driving, refusing to submit to a breathalyzer, and disarming a police officer.
If this was his first offense, his impaired driving charge in Newfoundland will net the driver fines, license reinstatement fees, towing and impoundment fees, and higher insurance premiums. He’ll also lose his driver’s license for a period of time and have the opportunity to install an interlock device in his vehicle for a minimum of 9 months.
He’s not the only person who has done something a little crazy after an arrest for impaired driving. A 25 year old Calgary man was in the back seat of police cruiser after being arrested on suspected impaired driving, and instead of waiting to be taken to the police station, decided to hop into the front seat and take off in the car.
It took 3 days to find both the suspect and the vehicle, and he was charged with impaired driving, escaping police custody, and car theft. For his impaired driving charge in Alberta, he’ll lose his license, pay fines, and must install an interlock device for 1 year.
Alcohol can be the cause of some crazy decisions, and drinking and driving is at the top of the list of bad ideas you can have after having a drink or two. If you plan on drinking, avoid creating your own impaired driving story by choosing a designated driver.